The next Conference on Multilingualism 2020 (COM2020) will be hosted by the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) at the University of Reading (UK) from the 23rd to the 25th of June 2020. Given the evolving worldwide COVID-19 situation we have decided to host COM2020 online and free for registered colleagues to attend.
The conference explores all aspects of multilingualism in the fields of linguistics, psychology, neurology, sociology, and educational sciences. We particularly welcome papers that address issues related to the five CeLM themes: Language and Literacy, Education, Neuroscience, Health and Migration.
We are very pleased to announce our keynote speakers:
Rowena Kasprowicz (University of Reading)
Joao Verissimo (University of Potsdam)
Minna Lehtonen (University of Oslo)
The conference programme is now available to download here
The conference will take place in the form of a Zoom webinar and is now FREE OF CHARGE. However, we ask you to please register using this link.
Please note that only registered attendees will receive the link to access the webinar.
Our colleagues at the University of Massachusetts have done a great job of hosting CUNY online in March, and we have decided to follow a similar format for COM2020. To get an idea on how the conference will be set up, you can take a look here.
The Conference on Multilingualism has its origin in 2005 at the University of Trento, where it was known under the name of “Workshop on Bilingualism”. In 2016, the conference was renamed to “Conference on Multilingualism” in order to include a broader range of aspects of multilingualism. It is aimed at exploring the many different aspects of multilingualism in the fields of linguistics, psychology, neurology, sociology and educational sciences. In the past, it was held in Ghent and in Leiden. In 2020, it is coming to Reading!
WHO WE ARE
Vicky Chondrogianni (University of Edinburgh)
Alice Foucart (Nebrija University)
Tanja Kupish (University of Konstanz)
Theo Marinis (University of Konstanz)
Robert Hartsuiker (University of Ghent)
Petros Karatsareas (Westminster University)
Merel Keijzer (University of Groningen)
Niels Schiller (Leiden University)
Local organising committee
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
Home to 19000 students from over 150 countries, the University of Reading celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2016 and is a world-leading research-intensive university, where 98% of research is internationally recognized and 78% is classed as internationally excellent. In recent years, The University of Reading had gained a global presence with the launch of the Henley Business School (South Africa) in Johannesburg and the University of Reading Malaysia in Iskandar.
Researchers at the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) conduct, coordinate, and disseminate interdisciplinary research in linguistics, psychology, education, modern languages and classics. CeLM’s mission is to be recognised as an internationally renowned hub for research into linguistic, psychological, clinical and educational aspects of literacy and multilingualism. CeLM researchers have a strong commitment to engage with the general public, with NGOs, and with education and healthcare professionals to bridge the gap between research and practice and bring direct benefits to society beyond academia.